Australia calls military in after virus surge

Melbourne (AFP) Australia's military was called in Wednesday to help tackle a coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne -- a surge in infections that has rattled the country's second-most populous city. Victoria has recorded double-digit increases in new daily cases for more than a week -- mostly in the state capital Melbourne -- representing a sizeable spike … Continue reading Australia calls military in after virus surge

Australia bushfire victims still in tents as virus slows recovery

Cobargo (Australia) (AFP) Victims of Australia's catastrophic bushfires are still living in tents, garages and makeshift shelters months after the blazes ended, with efforts to rebuild their lives hampered by the coronavirus pandemic. Inside a small tin shed on Australia's south-east coast, a family of six takes refuge from the cold as the southern hemisphere … Continue reading Australia bushfire victims still in tents as virus slows recovery

Cardinal Pell to walk free from Australian jail after winning appeal

Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) Cardinal George Pell's historic child sex abuse convictions were quashed by Australia's High Court on Tuesday, paving the way for the senior Catholic cleric's release from prison. The decision brings to an abrupt end the most high-profile child sex abuse case faced by the Catholic Church. Pell had steadfastly maintained his innocence … Continue reading Cardinal Pell to walk free from Australian jail after winning appeal

All hail the ‘new queen’ – Australia piles praise on top-ranked Barty

Sydney (AFP) Australia hailed "humble and inspirational" Ashleigh Barty as the new queen of tennis Monday after she joined Evonne Goolagong Cawley as the country's second woman to reach world number one. The French Open champion claimed the top spot by beating Julia Goerges to win the Birmingham WTA title on Sunday, capping a remarkable … Continue reading All hail the ‘new queen’ – Australia piles praise on top-ranked Barty

Norway dump Australia out of women’s World Cup on penalties

Nice (France) (AFP) Sam Kerr was one of two Australian players to miss her penalty as Norway beat the Matildas 4-1 in a shoot-out following an engrossing 1-1 draw on Saturday to reach the quarter-finals of the women's World Cup. Ingrid Engen converted the decisive spot-kick for the Norwegians after both Kerr and Emily Gielnik … Continue reading Norway dump Australia out of women’s World Cup on penalties

Women’s World Cup Review: Marta makes history as Brazil progress, Kerr-inspired Australia cruise

Marta overtook Miroslav Klose to become the World Cup's new all-time leading goalscorer as Brazil beat Italy 1-0 to reach the last 16, with a Sam Kerr-inspired Australia also progressing after they crushed Jamaica 4-1. Group C winners Italy had already confirmed their spot in the next round, and although they kept things tight, Brazil … Continue reading Women’s World Cup Review: Marta makes history as Brazil progress, Kerr-inspired Australia cruise

Australia show they ‘like a good fight’ to edge Brazil in World Cup

Montpellier (France) (AFP): Australia fought back from two goals down to beat Brazil 3-2 in Montpellier on Thursday and keep their Women's World Cup hopes alive. Waltzing Matildas: Australia's players celebrated after beating Brazil AFP Marta, with a penalty, and Cristiane, with her fourth goal of the tournament, put Brazil two up after 38 minutes. But … Continue reading Australia show they ‘like a good fight’ to edge Brazil in World Cup

Australia’s ‘Egg Boy’ donates $70,000 to Christchurch attack victims

SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian teen dubbed “Egg Boy” for cracking an egg on the head of a controversial right-wing lawmaker said he has given almost A$100,000 ($70,000) donated for his legal expenses to support victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings. Will Connolly, 17, came to prominence when he “egged” far-right Senator Fraser Anning at a … Continue reading Australia’s ‘Egg Boy’ donates $70,000 to Christchurch attack victims

South Africa announce fixtures for England, Australia series

CAPE TOWN: South Africa will host England for four tests and a limited overseas series and then Australia in Twenty20 and One Day Internationals in a packed summer programme, Cricket South Africa announced on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Cricket - South Africa v Sri Lanka - Second Test cricket match - Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, South … Continue reading South Africa announce fixtures for England, Australia series

Andy Brennan become Australia’s first professional male footballer to come out as gay

Former Newcastle Jets player Andy Brennan has become Australia’s first professional male footballer to come out as gay while still playing the game. The 26-year-old, who made five appearances for the Jets in 2016 and now plays for Victorian NPL side Green Gully, made the announcement in a social media post on Tuesday night. He … Continue reading Andy Brennan become Australia’s first professional male footballer to come out as gay

Father and son drown saving tourist at popular Australia spot

MELBOURNE - A father and son lifesaving team drowned while trying to save a tourist swept out to sea near one of Australia's most famous sights off the south coast, officials said Monday. Ross Powell, 71, and his son Andrew, 32, died on Sunday after their lifesaving boat overturned in the surf during the rescue … Continue reading Father and son drown saving tourist at popular Australia spot